Gawri Wall

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Gawri Wall
دیواری گەوری
General information
Coordinates34°26′39.3″N 45°46′52.2″E / 34.444250°N 45.781167°E / 34.444250; 45.781167Coordinates: 34°26′39.3″N 45°46′52.2″E / 34.444250°N 45.781167°E / 34.444250; 45.781167

The Gawri Wall (Kurdish: دیواری گەوری‎, Persian: دیوار گَوری) was a defensive fortification built and in use between the 4th and 6th centuries during the rule of the Sasanians and Parthians. The structure's ruins, which run the length of around 71 miles (114 kilometres), are located in Sarpol-e Zahab County near the Iran–Iraq border.[1][2]

2019 archaeological discovery[edit]

Though the site was known to the local population living in its vicinity, it was unknown to the archaeological community until its discovery was published in the journal Antiquity in August 2019. Locals have long referred to the fortification as the Gawri Wall.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b Alibaigi, Sajjad (12 August 2019). "The Gawri Wall: A Possible Partho-Sasanian Structure in the Western Foothills of the Zagros Mountains". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ Alibaigi, Sajjad (30 April 2019). "The Gawri Wall: A Possible Partho- Sasanian Structure in the Western Foothills of the Zagros Mountains" (PDF). Antiquity. 93 (e22): 8. doi:10.15184/aqy.2019.97 – via Cambridge University Press. Survey at Sar Pol-e Zahab has revealed a hitherto unknown long wall in western Iran. Possibly dating to the Partho-Sasanian period, the wall extends more than 100km along the modern border of Iraq and Iran.
  3. ^ Jarus, Owen (6 November 2019). "Ancient 70-Mile-Long Wall Found in Western Iran. But Who Built It?". Live Science. Retrieved 6 November 2019.